This Picture Book Helps Refugee Kids Integrate at School

When a kindergarten teacher couldn’t find the stories she was looking for, she wrote her own.

Taslim Jaffer
Sep 10 · 6 min read
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Detail from the cover illustration of Back Home (all illustrations by Michelle Simpson)

Fatehali didn’t realize school bells and airplanes overhead would scare her new student.

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One of the greatest challenges at the elementary school level is the lack of teacher training in how to support refugee students.

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Fatehali collaborated with illustrator Michelle Simpson to create a look for Asha that evoked Muslim dress, but not a specific culture.
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Taslim Jaffer

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Taslim Jaffer is a writer/editor with a special interest in culture and identity. She has published in Maclean’s, CBC Parents, Huffington Post Canada & more.

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Taslim Jaffer is a writer/editor with a special interest in culture and identity. She has published in Maclean’s, CBC Parents, Huffington Post Canada & more.

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Asparagus tells the large and small stories of how we can live sustainably, from an environmental, social, and cultural perspective.

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